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Challenge Cup viewing figures prove the ‘Magic of the Cup’ remains

The Challenge Cup quarterfinal weekend was a monumental event, with the viewing figures being mightily impressive underscoring the immense popularity of the tournament. 

Despite having four games this weekend, only two were televised with Hull KR vs Leigh Leopards on Saturday and St Helens vs Warrington Wolves on Sunday, but thankfully both games were on free-to-air TV.

The first game televised on Challenge Cup weekend saw Hull KR take revenge for last year’s Challenge Cup Final defeat against the Leopards with Willie Peters’ men securing a 26-14 win.

Leigh just had their noses in front going into the second half, but minutes into the second half, Hull KR scored a try from new signing Joe Burgess.

Leigh did get a try back through the in-form Umyla Hanley, but that wasn’t enough to win the game as KR grabbed three late tries to win the game 26-14 and book their place in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

On Sunday, the Saints welcomed Warrington Wolves to the final game of the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup.

After a nervy ten minutes, Warrington got themselves the first try of the game from Josh Thewlis. It took the Saints a half-hour into the first half to score the equalising try of the game, but a drop goal from George Williams put the Wolves in front at the break.

In the second half, disaster struck the Saints as the Wolves ran riot, scoring four tries and all of their conversions. The Saints failed to get themselves a try in the second half.

The other two games that weren’t televised were Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors.

The games that weren’t televised also delivered some surprising results. Huddersfield, in a stunning upset, triumphed over a shocked Catalans side with a score of 34-6. Meanwhile, Wigan continued their dominant form, breezing past Castleford with a comfortable 60-6 victory.

Despite just two of those games being televised, the viewing figures for those games are very solid.

How many people watched the Challenge Cup quarter-finals?

Warrington Wolves Sam Burgess Challenge Cup

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As for the viewing figures, the Hull KR v Leigh game was shown on BBC 2 on Saturday afternoon. The average audience was 381,000, with a peak of 521,000 (6.30 pm) and a 3.5% audience share.

Whereas St Helens v Warrington was also shown on BBC 2 on Sunday. It had a 342,000 average audience, a 414,000 peak (6 pm), and a 3.5% audience share.

The semi-final of the Challenge Cup draw has already been made with details available here.

Figures sourced from Rugby League On TV.

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